Morgan Freeman, Intel Launch ClickStar Online Movie Service; Intel Invests

Correction: The logo we used (which was also used in a Yahoo News Story) was actually an unrelated Brazilian company…the logo for Clickstar is still under development…
Revelations Entertainment, the movie company formed by actor Morgan Freeman and producer Lori McCreary, has formed ClickStar, an online movie service, with an undisclosed investment from Intel.

ClickStar’s strategy is to create an online service in which consumers can access, pay for and download first-run, pre-DVD-release films and artist-created entertainment channels…of course, delivered directly to Intel’s digital home entertainment devices, or so the companies hope to achieve. The announcement was made by Freeman and Intel CEO Paul Otellini at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference.

ClickStar will be led by former Sony Pictures Digital executive Nizar Allibhoy. Prior to this, Allibhoy was has worked at RespondTV, AccerlateTV and Intertainer.

AP: “We’re going to bypass what the music industry had to come up with, and that’s to get ahead of the whole piracy thing,” Freeman told reporters at Sun Valley after making his presentation…ClickStar has had discussions with major studios and producers about its plans, but no studios have yet agreed to distribute films over the new service. The movie service is expected to launch in early 2006. Revelations and Intel have been working together since the beginning of the year, creating a model digital home in Los Angeles stocked with the latest in advanced digital home entertainment devices. The model home is designed to educate studio executives about the promise of the technology.


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